Wednesday, December 31, 2008

That's a LOT of rounds

224,000 over 12 days to be specific.  James Yeager posted a report on a class he instructed in Tennessee recently on The Survival Podcast forum.  Most interesting is the reporting on the gear while 22 men crawled around in the mud and muck and the ways it failed (it all fails eventually).  AKs, ARs, Glocks, holsters, packs, you name it.  The moral, I believe, is that stuff is gonna fail if you expose it to extreme environments and you just have to cowboy up and deal with it the best you can.  Don't sit and pout because your AR has a round over the bolt, DO SOMETHING!

James gives a very nice description of issues that arose and relates that the most reliable arms under these specific conditions are the AK47 rifle and Glock handgun.  That really doesn't surprise me in the least, that's the rep that both arms have acquired over the years.  He does note, however, that even those vaunted bastions of reliability failed (seems mud in the chamber is bad).

H/T to Steve at The Firearm Blog

1 comment:

Judge Mint Day said...

I love the people who say a Glock won't fail. They are hardy and rugged, but if you don't take care of them or clean them they will ultimately malfunction. We once took a Glock and used it at every range session with multiple users for a year and it finally stopped feeding and ejecting properly. We didn't keep track of the number of rounds and it wasn't anything to crazy, but we used it as a training example for the people who wanted to say that the Glock never needed cleaning.

Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you...nuff said.